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Put yourself in the picture
Thursday 7th November, 2013

Put yourself in the picture
Claire Screeton

The WWISH adoption team will be in Wigan this Friday (8th November) to encourage people to put themselves in the picture.

The team, who will be stationed in Wigan’s Grand Arcade shopping centre between 10 – 4pm, have been raising awareness of the dozens of children in desperate need of a loving family all week as part of National Adoption Week (4th – 10th November).

Passers-by will be asked to put themselves in the picture – just one of many ways Wigan Council is hoping to encourage prospective adopters to come forward.

Claire Screeton, 34, from Warrington, was one of those passers-by at a similar event held in Warrington earlier this week. Claire and her husband adopted two siblings, aged four and three, 14 months ago.

She said: “We decided to adopt two years ago when we found out we couldn’t have children of our own. The WWISH adoption service was fantastic and the social workers are really supportive. Adopting has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done; I really couldn’t live without my children.”

Across the UK, 4,000 children are waiting to find an adoptive family, but for 1 in 4 it is likely to remain only a dream. And for every year a child waits their chances of being adopted reduce by 20%.

Seventy two of those children live in Wigan Borough, Warrington and St Helens.

WWISH adoption service was launched in October 2011 and is one of only two shared adoption services in the country, made up of Wigan Borough Council, Warrington Borough Council and St Helens Council. Since its launch, 117 children have found loving homes and families.

For more information, please visit: www.wwish.org.uk

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